Cheer on the top-ranked Canadian National Team as they chase their Olympic dream at Softball City in Surrey, Aug. 25 to Sept. 1

Long and Winding Road to Tokyo 2020 Goes Through Softball City

Team Canada battles the best teams in the Americas for a chance to play in the 2020 Olympics

The stakes don’t get any bigger: the top national teams in the Americas, competing for two berths in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

And what better way for the top-ranked Canadian National Team to chase their dream than by competing on home soil, at Softball City in Surrey, Aug. 25 to Sept. 1!

For the national team, it will be very much a home-coming, as seven of the 15 roster positions are occupied by British Columbians – while the other team members have a long-term affinity with this ball park and its passionate fans.

The Canadian roster also features three Beijing 2008 Olympians – Danielle Lawrie (Langley, B.C.), Kaleigh Rafter (Guelph, Ont.) and Jennifer Salling (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) and they’ll be counted on for their veteran leadership. But so too will home-town favourites, including Surrey’s Sara Groenewegen.

Thanks to a provision that allows for the host country to include sports of cultural significance, softball will once again grace the Olympic stage at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games. For Team Canada, currently ranked third in the world, this represents an opportunity to declare itself one of the best softball nations in the world.

Team Canada is coming off back-to-back bronze medal finishes at the WBSC Women’s Softball World Championships in 2016 and 2018 – along with two consecutive Canada Cup International Softball Championships, held every year at Softball City in Surrey

The two teams who finished ahead of them in those tournaments – Japan and the United States – have already punched their tickets to Tokyo as the host nation and 2018 World Champions. Canada appeared in all four Olympic Games from 1996 to 2008, with a top finish of fourth in 2008.

If the Olympics are meant to showcase the best athletes in the world, softball’s permanent reintroduction into the Games is a no-brainer. The coordination, athleticism and talent demonstrated by these women is something to behold. And with some luck, Team Canada will put theirs on display in Tokyo.

Team Canada opens the tournament against team Cuba at 7:30 p.m. on opening night and play all its subsequent round-robin games in primetime at 6 p.m. The games will also be streamed live online at CBC.

This event will be historic and if you’re interested in being part of the Olympic journey, find ticket information at americassoftballqualifier.com

 

Team Canada opens the Olympic qualifier tournament against Team Cuba at 7:30 p.m. on opening night. Find ticket information at americassoftballqualifier.com

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Famous Abbotsford Instagram couple delight followers with reunion

Fans were saddened last year when Caitlin Fladager wrote that she and her husband had broken up

VIDEO: APD execute search warrant in west Abbotsford

Police members searched home on Osprey Drive on Sunday night

Abbotsford city hall wants to know: Is parking in the historic downtown a problem?

Survey asks how far residents are fine with walking to get from their vehicle to destination

Abbotsford’s favourite park: winner revealed

After several rounds of voting, readers pick between Mill Lake and Matsqui Trail

Abbotsford woman photographs massive ant swarm in Auguston

She asked what the ants were doing? The answer: war

VIDEO: A moment to remember during the World Lacrosse Men’s Indoor Championship in B.C.

Diego Hernandez Valenzuela’s team lost, but he felt like a winner Saturday

Over 200 Hotel Georgia hospitality workers join ‘open-ended strike’

Unionized workers at Hyatt Regency, Westin Bayshore and Pinnacle Harbourfront have also walked out

B.C. Lions hype-man marks 15 years of cheers

Crazy P cheers, chants, bangs his drum and spreads a message of love

Hiker rescued after spending night on Crown Mountain

North Shore Rescue spotted the woman by helicopter over Hanes Valley

PHOTOS: Steller sea lion with plastic around neck rescued on Vancouver Island

Rescue staff determined the plastic band cut the protected animal’s neck approximately two inches

B.C. VIEWS: School officials join fact-free ‘climate strike’

Students, public get distorted picture of greenhouse gases

Vancouver Giants complete weekend sweep of Cougars

Back-to-back road trip victories for Langley-based team

Handgun crackdown, health spending and transit plans latest campaign promises

Friday was the end of a busy week on the campaign trail

Iconic 90s TV show ‘Friends’ celebrates 25th anniversary

The iconic, decade-long television show aired its first episode 25 years ago today

Most Read